Jacob Suazo, a student at Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, will premiere “Blood, Sweat and Berries,” a full-length documentary he co-produced migrant farm workers. The premiere will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 110 of Harned Hall on Saint Martin’s campus, 5300 Pacific Ave. S.E., Lacey. The film viewing is free and open to the public.
The documentary is the culmination of a nearly three-year effort by Suazo to interview and document both farm workers and farm owners in the American West. Suazo worked on the project with University of Portland student Scott Hines, University of Washington student Teresa Javillonar and Tacoma resident Rex Yabut. Suazo is the film’s director.
“The idea came to us from our passion for social justice, especially for immigrant workers in our nation,” says Suazo. “The four of us are frequent mission workers for the Youth Migrant Project in the Skagit Valley. This project aids migrant workers who are from that area.” The Youth Migrant Project, a program of the Archdiocese of Seattle, has volunteers work in daycare centers, visit migrant camps, work in the fields and learn about the lives of the migrant workers.
The film sparked the development of a nonprofit organization, also called Blood, Sweat and Berries. Its purpose is to promote social justice through art. To watch a short preview of the film, or to learn more about the nonprofit, visit www.bloodsweatandberries.org.